Senate Gives Initial Approval to Bill Creating the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital License Plate

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sen. Collins delivering floor speech AUGUSTA – The Senate today unanimously supported an amended version of LD 1685 to create a specialty Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital registration plate. The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital is the only full-service children’s hospital in Maine. … Continue reading Senate Gives Initial Approval to Bill Creating the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital License Plate

Senate Continues to Insist on Closer Scrutiny of Costly Home Care Referendum

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov But House Democrats Actions Will Keep Voters in the Dark AUGUSTA - By a bipartisan vote of 28-4, the Maine Senate today voted to insist that “An Act To Establish Universal Home Care for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities” be referred to committee for … Continue reading Senate Continues to Insist on Closer Scrutiny of Costly Home Care Referendum

Senate Republicans Fight for Rural Maine Jobs

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUSTA – Senate Republicans voted twice on Tuesday, April 3 to support an amended version of LD 1757 by a vote of 19-16. This bill, as amended, would slow the minimum wage increases to a rate of $0.50 per year until … Continue reading Senate Republicans Fight for Rural Maine Jobs

Maine Senate Order Asks Court to Look at Constitutional Conflicts with Ranked Choice Voting Implementation

Jim Cyr Communications Director Office of the Maine Senate President (207)287-1501 AUGUSTA – Lawmakers today passed a Senate Order that authorizes the Maine Senate to take appropriate legal action regarding ranked choice voting (RCV). At the heart of the order are questions regarding the separation of powers between the Maine Legislature and the Secretary of … Continue reading Maine Senate Order Asks Court to Look at Constitutional Conflicts with Ranked Choice Voting Implementation

Statement from Senate Republican Leaders on Governor’s Closing of Downeast Correctional Facility

Jim Cyr Communications Director Office of the Maine Senate President (207)287-1501 james.cyr@legislature.maine.gov Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov “The people of Washington County deserve better than this. Maine Senate Republicans are currently looking at all available options. “The Maine Legislature’s commitment to keeping this facility open has been consistent. In addition … Continue reading Statement from Senate Republican Leaders on Governor’s Closing of Downeast Correctional Facility

Senator Amy Volk to Serve as Assistant Majority Leader

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUSTA- The Senate Republican Caucus today elected Senator Amy Volk (R-Cumberland) to serve as their Assistant Leader. Senator Volk is currently in her second term in the Maine Senate, representing District 30. She has also served two terms in the Maine … Continue reading Senator Amy Volk to Serve as Assistant Majority Leader

Maine Legislature’s Committee of Conference Approves Budget

Contact: Jim Cyr Communications Director Office of the Maine Senate President (207)287-1501 AUGUSTA – The Committee of Conference appointed by the Maine Legislature to reach a budget agreement tonight approved a proposal to send to the full Legislature. The committee vote was 5-1. The agreement includes an additional $162 million in education funding, achieving the … Continue reading Maine Legislature’s Committee of Conference Approves Budget

Senate President Appoints Senators to Committee of Conference to Reach Budget Agreement

Contact: Jim Cyr Communications Director Office of the Maine Senate President (207)287-1501 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUSTA – Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) today appointed three members to a committee of conference in an effort to reach an agreement following an impasse over the state’s biennial budget that begins on July 1, 2017. Joint Rules … Continue reading Senate President Appoints Senators to Committee of Conference to Reach Budget Agreement

Tip Credit Restoration Bill Receives Initial Approval in Senate

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUSTA – On a vote of 23 - 12, a measure to restore the tip credit in Maine garnered bipartisan support on the initial vote in the Senate, following a record-breaking 12-hour public hearing and a strong bipartisan vote out of … Continue reading Tip Credit Restoration Bill Receives Initial Approval in Senate

Senate Republican Budget Would Fund State Education at 55 Percent

Senate President Says it Can Be Done Without New 10.15 Percent Tax Bracket  AUGUSTA – Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) today announced Republicans have found a way to reach the long-sought-after goal of the state funding 55 percent of local education costs, and that it can be done without the new highest-in-the-nation tax bracket, … Continue reading Senate Republican Budget Would Fund State Education at 55 Percent